Every parent wants their children to make the right decisions. The decisions we make growing up are important decisions. God has a plan. You can hang around the right crowd and still end up with significant problems. Lot, as an example, had a big problem when he was still with Abraham before he ever ended up in Sodom. You can make the decision to be in the right place at the right time and still mess up.
God can overcome wrong decisions and keep you in the will of God. God does not stress the decision; He stresses the direction. If you are going in the right direction, you can mess up and still be in the will of God. Lot was in the right crowd but going in the wrong direction.
God’s preference for your life – God is not stressing the right decisions, He is stressing the right direction. There are three directions that a person can choose to walk in:
The Good Path
Proverbs 2:9 (KJB) Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.
The will of God for your life does not hinge on a certain decision. It hinges on the direction that you choose to go in. If a person wants to do right, that is the direction. You can make some stupid decisions along this path, but God can take those choices and make them stepping stones along the path. People are not perfect, and we will make some stupid decisions. You cannot stay one hundred percent in the will of God based on your decisions. But you can according to this principle.
God has a plan for those who don’t always know what choices they should make. The word righteousness here means that you have to be willing to try to live right. If you don’t try to live right then, you’re not going to be trying to walk the right path. The word judgment here means that if you’re trying to walk the good path, then you will have to be willing to judge yourself. The word equity here means that we are supposed to be peaceful with other people. We should be trying our best to get along with the people around us. People we have never met know that we are a Christian and that we attend a Baptist Church. The people around us watch how we act and what we do. We are on trial every day based on the actions that we take.
The Crooked Path
Proverbs 2:15 (KJB) Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths:
This path is not characterized by the types of decisions that a person made. This path is characterized by the direction of their character. An evil person can do the right thing by choosing what church they attend. They can choose the best church and be close to the right crowd. The problem is that the evil person going to the right church, in the right place has some poison under their tongue. The evil person can hurt other Christians with their attitude and their tongue. Verse 12 talks about this evil man.
Proverbs 2:12 (KJV) “To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things.” The word froward here is talking about things that are out of line. This person walking the crooked path has some attitude problems. They may be in the right place, in the best church but they have an attitude problem. These people are walking the crooked path love company and will try by using their attitude to get others to join him. They live like lost people.
Proverbs 2:13 (KJV) “Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness.” Notice this person used to walk with Godly people as they left the paths of uprightness. Their direction has changed, and they are going the same direction as the world. First, they have a problem with their tongue which speaks what is in their heart. Next standards go out the window because they are thinking like the world.
Proverbs 2:14 (KJV) “Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked.” They eventually fall in love with sin and rejoice in doing evil.
The Path of No Return
Proverbs 2:19 (KJB) None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.
This path comes about by traveling the crooked path described above. Once a person starts walking the crooked path and starts criticizing others you will start thinking like the world. Soon you will be committing some sin that you never committed before, and you feel like you got away with it. Before long the church members stop bugging you about getting back in church and after a while, it doesn’t bother you anymore. If you travel that crooked path long enough you will reach the path of no return. You may try to put the brakes on, but the brakes are gone. You’re racing downhill, and the brakes are out and can’t stop anything. This is when you come to permanent forfeiture of God’s will. There are two characteristics that Solomon describes this path of no return:
Solomon is talking about a woman here, but this can be equally applied to a man or a woman. He is talking about a woman here because this was written to his son. Some women and men will tell you whatever you want to hear to trap you in their sin. Notice they are a liar – Proverbs 2:16 (KJV) “To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words.” Notice she has a problem with her tongue.
Notice she is also a rebel – Proverbs 2:17 (KJV) “Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.” This woman has voluntarily turned her back on what her parents taught her, the guide of her youth. Parents have been given as guides for our children. We should be instructing them and raise them to become productive adult to be used by the Lord. They should then bring up their children and raise them to become productive. Also, she turned her back on God by forgetting the covenant of her God. She did this by choice. She is doing all she can do to make shipwrecks of some men.
God’s protection – How to never change our direction for God. This is called the fear of the Lord. If a person has the Godly fear of the Lord, then God will use that fear to make sure you never become shipwrecked on the wrong path.
We must attack the Bible and consume it – Proverbs 2:1 (KJV) “My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee.” The word receive is talking about to seize. We need to take the Bible and attack it, consume it we will be on our way to having Godly fear. If the Bible doesn’t scare you, then you’re not living up to it.
We must not take no for an answer – Proverbs 2:3 (KJV) “Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding.” When it talks about lifting up the voice, it is saying that we should be crying and begging and praying for the fear of the Lord. If you don’t have the knowledge, keep reaching out to God and asking for it.
We must make pleasing God our primary goal – Our goal should be to please God, our most important goal should be pleasing God and not please yourself. Proverbs 2:4 (KJV) “If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures.” We need to have the same zeal in our life for pleasing God as most people have for making money.
God’s provision – Once you obtain the fear of the Lord in your life there are four benefits God gives us in our life. If we have the fear of the Lord then God provides us with the following:
God gives us wisdom – Proverbs 2:6 (KJV) “For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.” God is interested in our decisions and will give us the wisdom to make the right choices.
God lays up wisdom for when we need it – Proverbs 2:7 (KJV) “He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.” The words layeth up points to God giving us wisdom before we ask. When we are on the right path God gives us wisdom and along life’s path, sometimes we are going to need the wisdom God gives us. When our direction is correct, God protects us.
God protects us – Proverbs 2:7 (KJV) “He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.” God gives us protection. God promises to be our buckler or a shield, and when we need His protection, He promises to be there for us.
God becomes our deliverance – Proverbs 2:11-12 (KJV) “Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things.” Discretion and understanding do not belong to us. The word discretion means a plan. We don’t have the right plan. The word understanding means skill. We are unskillful getting ourselves out of problems, but God knows what He is doing and has a plan for our life. It’s God’s discretion and understanding, not ours. He has discretion and understanding.
As long as our direction is the right path, then God will protect us and deliver us. We need to check our heart and make sure it is heading in the right direction.
Choosing the right direction is something that every single person must attend to consistently. Certainly having the fear of the Lord will help to make sure that we are seeking the good path. Through Bible study and prayer we can find the fear of the Lord.
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